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New Delhi: Indian women are among the highest consumers of pornography, according to data released by leading online pornography network PornHub.

With nearly 3 in 10 (30%) women consuming pornography, India only trails the Philippines and Brazil, who led the charts with 35% women consumers of porn. Countries like Japan (17%), Germany (17%) and Egypt (19%) reported the least numbers in terms of female consumption.

The global average for female consumption of porn, according to the data, is 24%.

Interestingly, the data also revealed that Indian women spent an average half a minute longer per visit to a website hosting pornography, as compared to their male counterparts. The average session time for Indian women visitors, the data revealed, was 8 minutes and 31 seconds, while Indian men stayed just a little over 8 minutes. The global average for time spent by women is 10 minutes and 10 seconds, as compared to men, whose average session duration was only 9 minutes and 22 seconds.

India also featured among the youngest female consumers of porn, with an average age of 31. Only Philippines, with an average age of 30, had younger women consuming porn. PornHub also revealed that older female viewers were mostly in Western European countries like Belgium, the Netherlands and France. Indian men, with an average age of 30, were the youngest consumers of porn, the data revealed. PornHub data, released in March this year, also revealed that South Asian countries like India and Bangladesh had the highest percentage of male users (49%) between ages 18 and 24.

Reality television star and celebrity model Kim Kardashian, as per the data, was the most searched porn star among women, followed by Farrah Abraham, another reality show personality-turned-porn actor (Teen Mom). Lebanese-American adult actress Mia Khalifa also figured in the list of top pornstar searches by women. The data also revealed that Canadian-Indian pornstar-turned-Bollywood actor Sunny Leone was among the sixth-most searched in the category. Leone, according to the March data, was also the third most searched term in the 18-24 age bracket.

According to PornHub data released in November last year, India was ranked fifth worldwide for most visitors to its website.

Earlier this month, the government ordered Internet service providers (ISPs) to block at least 857 adult websites, saying the content “hosted on these websites relates to morality and decency as given in Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India". Following a huge backlash, the government partially lifted the ban, asking ISPs to block only those websites which hosted child pornography, effectively making them responsible for screening such content.

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